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Characterization of Vertical Dynamics of a Multi-Purpose Tractor with Static and Dynamic Experimental Tests 2023-01-0177

Multi-purpose agricultural tractors are vehicles that are usually used in rough paths and on off-road situations characterized by strong slope variations. The main feature of this kind of vehicles is the stability in working conditions to avoid overturning while it is on duty. This characteristic is given by the interaction between the suspension system and the vehicle frame. Due to the limited size of this kind of vehicle, the stability feature could be given by chassis deformation or using a two-piece frame connected by a spherical joint. This paper presents the validation of a numerical lumped-parameters model able to reproduce the vertical dynamics of a multi-purpose tractor featured by a yielding chassis. The unknown model parameters have been estimated firstly with static tests to study the vertical tire and suspension stiffnesses. The dynamic tests using a four-post-test rig have been performed to tune the unknown dynamic parameters. Finally, the model has been validated with some in-field acquisition to reproduce the real vehicle working conditions.


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